By ZEINAB NAJM
RIVERVIEW — A Westland woman was arrested in connection to a nonfatal stabbing of a relative in Riverview Jan. 9.
Wayne County Prosectors charged Ariel Purifoy, 20, with one count of felonious assault, a 4-year felony and one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony.
She was arraigned Jan. 11 in front of 27th District Court Judge Elizabeth DiSanto.
Police officers responded about 7 p.m. to a house in the 15000 block of Golfview on a report of a man stabbed during a family disturbance.
Once at the scene, officers located a 27-year-old Riverview man with a non-life-threatening stab wound to his left shoulder. As an initial investigation was conducted, officers learned that a dispute arose between several people including the victim and his niece during a birthday party.
Purifoy, the victim’s niece, took a knife and stabbed the victim, police said. She was then taken into custody.
Police cited 45-year-old and 24-year-old Westland residents for misdemeanor assault and battery related to their actions during the incident, police said. Both were released at the scene.
The victim and Purifoy were treated at the scene for minor injuries by Fire Department personnel.
“These sorts of incidents are rare in our community,” Police Chief Ronald Beggs said. “I’m proud of the quick response of our officers and their ability to de-escalate an emotional situation and prevent further injuries.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])